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Ronaldo was brought off in the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued ultimate sulk on Real Madrid bench

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been told to live with being substituted by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, but unfortunately those words of advice only came after the game against Las Palmas had finished.

The Portuguese stalwart was ineffective in Real Madrid's La Liga tie against the Grand Canaria outfit but was still shocked to see his number appear on the fourth official's board in the 71st minute.

To be fair to him, it has been years since Ronaldo has been substituted for purely tactical reasons. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner seldom comes off the pitch before the final whistle blows and, if he does, it is because of an injury.

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But Real Madrid's narrow 2-1 lead needed protecting and Ronaldo, who turns 32 in February, could not provide the defensive cover that Zidane wanted. He was brought off for Lucas Vazquez but ironically, Las Palmas grabbed a late equaliser and the game finished 2-2.

The reaction to the sub was typical Ronaldo. He stormed off the pitch muttering some choice words to himself and completely blanked his manager as he walked towards the dugout. The video was aired around the world. Here it is:

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Tantrum continues

That should have been the end of it but when you have a reputation and an ego as big as Ronaldo's, it attracts attention even when there is a game going on.

One cameraman, who may or may not be out of the job by now, decided to point his lens squarely at the fuming forward for the remaining 20 minutes. And he captured a tantrum that seemed to go on forever.

"I have to take him off sometimes and tonight we did it. That isn't going to change what we are going to continue to do."

Not only did he talk to himself, but he remained unmoved when Las Palmas scored the equaliser. The publication that has released the footage also claims he blurted out a couple of expletive Spanish phrases.

You can see the tirade by watching the video below and scrolling to 2:20.

Get used to it

As previously mentioned, Zidane defended his substitution even though his argument was made significantly weaker by the fact that Real Madrid failed to win the game. He even warned Ronaldo that it is set to happen again in the future.

"I know he always wants to play and always wants to stay on the field," said Zidane.

"But I also have to think about the players and for me it was best to rest and think about Tuesday. I have to take him off sometimes and tonight we did it. That isn't going to change what we are going to continue to do."

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